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Published on August 30th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Transparent Solar Cells, Solar Powering Bayern Munich… (Solar News Roundup)

August 30th, 2014 by  

Here’s some more solar energy news from around the interwebs:

transparent solar cells

Michigan State University researchers have made some progress on transparent solar cells, a technology we’ve been covering for years but is yet to make it out of the lab. Michigan State’s transparent solar cells aren’t going to be commercialized anytime soon, but maybe they will help lead to that one day. (Solar Love)

Yingli Solar, an official premium partner with Bayern Munich, has installed a solar power system at the top football (soccer) club’s training facility. (Solar Love)

Solar carports are likely to expand at a solid clip in the United States in the coming years. It could be a $843 million market by 2016. (Solar Love)

Solar power is a good way to massacre wholesale electricity prices. (Sustainnovate)

The Climate Reality Project has a new event coming on September 16, “24 Hours of Reality: 24 Reasons for Hope.” Me thinks it’s going to include some talk of solar power and other cool cleantech. (Planetsave)

5 gigawatts (5,000 megawatts) of distributed solar power capacity are now expected to be added in China in 2014. (Solar Love & Sustainnovate)

The largest company in the world (by one metric, at least) is going solar. The reason is obvious. (Sustainnovate)

The electric vehicle boom will spur on the solar boom. (SolarEnergy.net)

I think we’re all solar energy enthusiasts here, especially if we’re spending our weekend running down a list of solar news items. Here’s another list for you: 5 reasons solar will dominate the energy industry in the coming century. (Sustainnovate)

The world’s largest positive-energy building uses solar power, of course. (Sustainnovate) And so does this giant carbon-neutral building in the Netherlands. (Sustainnovate)

Stephen Lacey takes a deep dive into Solar Roadways and interviews federal government officials who have overseen funding for the test projects. (Greentech Media)

This physicist has brought clean water to countless people in the developing world. One of the key ingredients is simply UV light. (Sustainnovate)

Could these two Bangladeshi men be the first two men to bring clean energy microfinancing to the developing world? (Sustainnovate)

Solar energy can’t produce negawatts, but negawatts are even greener. So, what’s a negawatt? (Sustainnovate)

The world essentially has a $71 billion bonus waiting for it if it switches to clean energy by 2050, according to one report. (Sustainnovate)

Craig Morris discusses the assumptions used in a new 100% renewable-supplied electricity in Germany. (Renewables International)

The thing about “boom and bust” solar markets that is often overlooked by critics is that there actually was a boom… unlike in many other markets that just creep along. Furthermore, a bit of care in designing these policies can avoid the roller coaster ride. Lastly (these could be three articles), Craig Morris discusses why there haven’t been boom-and-bust cycles for biomass or wind power under feed-in tariffs but there has been a big boom-and-bust roller coaster for wind power in the US using different policies. (Renewables International)

This 100% solar and wind energy company is now operating on 4 continents. (Sustainnovate)

Eric Wesoff recently had a long chat with Sunrun CEO Lynn Jurich. In case you aren’t aware, Sunrun is the #1 solar company in the US focused solely on the residential market, and it is the #2 residential solar installer or financier behind SolarCity. (Greentech Media)

Craig Morris tears apart a horrible article published in TIME about the Energiewende, and doesn’t understand one of the most important things about the Energiewende. (Energy Transition)

Renewable energy grew at its fastest pace ever, globally, in 2013. However, the IEA concludes that’s still not enough. (Climate Progress)

The IEA also notes that renewable energy now accounts for ~22% of global electricity production. (Sustainnovate)

The developing world is leapfrogging centralized energy and going straight to mobile clean energy. (Sustainnovate)

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About the Author

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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